The trial of the Port Orchard man who was shot by Bainbridge Island police after leading officers on a car chase through downtown Winslow last February is set to begin early next month.
Trial proceedings will start Monday, March 11, according to a Kitsap County Superior Court order signed by Judge Kevin D. Hull on Jan. 22.
Brandon Thomas Roberts, 42, was shot by a Bainbridge officer near Winslow Green on Feb. 7, 2018 after he earlier fled from officers at the scene of an emergency call at Ordway Elementary.
Roberts was trapped in his Ford Mustang on Winslow Way after a short police pursuit just after 2 p.m, after police boxed him in when he tried to escape down Finch Road NE, a dead-end street on the west end of downtown Winslow.
According to court records, Roberts locked himself inside his Mustang after police blocked his car from moving, and refused to come out.
Roberts allegedly shouted obscenities at police and yelled “Lemme do this!” as police tried to get him out of his car. A deputy sheriff tried to break a passenger window of the car, but was unsuccessful.
Police said it appeared Roberts was shooting up with methamphetamine during the standoff, as police tried to get into his car.
A sheriff’s deputy was able to open the passenger side door of the Mustang with a “slim jim,” when police said he reached into the center console of the car and pulled out an 11-inch folding knife and started waving it at the sheriff’s deputy.
Police repeatedly ordered Roberts to drop the knife, according to court documents, but he taunted officers with the weapon and continued to wave it around.
When one officer holstered his gun and pulled out a Taser, police said Roberts placed the knife down and it looked like he was going to get out of the car. But he then said, “[Expletive] let’s do this,” and grabbed the knife again.
One officer, later identified in court documents as “John Doe,” fired his weapon at Roberts when he allegedly lunged at the officer with the knife.
Police said he continued to try to attack officers after he was shot, but officers were able to pull him from the car when they saw he no longer had the knife in his hand.
He was taken to a Seattle hospital for treatment, and then brought back to Kitsap County and booked into Kitsap County Jail on a charge of first-degree assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly hit a Bainbridge police officer with his car while escaping from police.
Roberts, who remains in custody at Kitsap County Jail, also faces charges of second-degree felony theft.
Bail was set at $1 million for the assault charge.